How do I get MC and DOT plates and become a motor carrier to transport goods across the United States? It will take about 3 weeks from the time you apply for a permit before your authority becomes officially «active,» at which point you’ll be able to start officially doing loads under your own signs.
Step-by-step instructions for those who dream of becoming a haulier
In order to provide auto carrier services, you will need to go through all of the steps listed below.
Step #1: Open a firm in your state
The type of firm is not that important. In particular, it may well be an LLC or a small corporation. Generally, a firm is quite possible to open through your state’s website, but you can also go in person.
Step #2. Get your MC and DOT numbers
On the FMCSA website, you can fill out an application and submit your application in order to then get an MC and USDOT. It is important to make sure you fill out everything correctly, otherwise the application may be rejected. No mistakes should be made and it is important to provide accurate information.
Step #3. Fill out the BOC-3
«BOC-3» is an important form required by the FMCSA to activate credentials. This is usually done through a third party. You can simply pay someone to do it yourself.
Step #4. File a UCR
This is a document — a «single carrier registration.» It charges a fee based on the number of trucks in the fleet. This document is renewed annually.
Step #5. Get insurance
The last step before getting a trucking permit. Its type and amount is determined by where exactly the application is made. As a rule, cargo and liability of about $750,000 and $100,000 are required.
Once all the steps have been taken and your insurance agent has filed the insurance confirmation with the FMCSA, all you have to do is wait for a while. After about a couple of weeks, you will receive a letter from the DOT. It should tell you that your motor carrier authority is active and you are able to truck.
Note. Once you register, be sure to make sure you have IFTAs registered with the alcohol and drug testing program.